Plenty to smile about

Vikki Lyall, Aisling Hanly, Helen White and Eleanor Ferguson are all smiles at the award ceremony.
Vikki Lyall, Aisling Hanly, Helen White and Eleanor Ferguson are all smiles at the award ceremony.

Staff at the Kirriemuir Dental Practice were all smiles after their success at the prestigious Dentistry Scotland Awards.

The Kirriemuir team, led by partners Alastair Geddes and Aisling Hanly, were ‘highly commended’ in the team award before going on to win the coveted ‘Community Award’.

Since opening their new practice in the Northmuir, staff have involved the local community through a number of projects ranging from events for nursery school pupils through to the town’s older generation.

Aisling explained: “Everybody has worked really hard and it is nice to get some recognition.

“When we moved here we decided we wanted to give something back to the local community and to become more involved with them. We couldn’t do that in our previous premises.

“We now arrange visits for local school and nursery children to come in to help us promote oral health, we visits Cubs and Guides, anybody who will have us really!

“We have attended health fairs in the Town Hall and one of our nurses organised a 12 hour sponsored bike spin class to raise funds for the Red Cross Typhoon Appeal.”

The staff have also held a number of fund-raising events for Macmillan Cancer Support, Comic Relief and local girl Lucy Wright.

They also stepped out earlier this year to support the ‘500 miles for smiles’ sponsored walk, instigated by former Kirriemuir woman Christina Chatfield who began her career at the Kirrie practice.

Aisling continued: “Because the walk to Brighton started here in Kirriemuir we were quite involved in setting it up and organising the launch.”

Pupils from Northmuir Primary School were on hand to cheer on the Kirrie team as they joined Christina, with the local dentists and supporters walking from Kirriemuir to Dundee.

The practice has also linked up with the Kirriemuir Heritage Trust which has a display of photographs and information on old Kirriemuir in the surgery.

Aisling concluded: “We are currently collecting gifts for the Angus Toy Appeal.

“We are all over the moon with the award. We didn’t think we would win the Community Award - we were so excited when we won.”

The Dentistry Scotland Awards are one of the most celebrated occasions in the Scottish dental calendar. Judged by an esteemed panel of experts, these awards recognise exceptional achievements within the profession, rewarding teams and individuals across the country.